Percy Harvin just got knocked out of the Seattle - Saints game. Not sure if he'll come back. Who do you guys have winning today? Of course I am going for the Pats later tonight.
Saturday NFL Open Thread
Going Hawks and Pats today.... Think the advantage of playing at home is to much in the games today
Are threads being rationed? Why not one for each game - could be an overlap.
Hoping for a saints win. I have lots of Louisiana friends, and it would be great to have a Cajun party tomorrow on the first day back to college :)
Again after this game
Last year, I wanted the Super Bowl matchup to be Seattle vs. Denver. That obviously didn't happen, but I'm hoping for it to happen this year.
So on a more important note, what's going on on NBC? Why has the ice dancing free skate not started yet? I thought it was supposed to come on at 4:25. Michigan/Ann Arbor Huron represent.
Russell Wilson and Drew Brees, only about 100 total yards of offense in the first quarter to date and two FGs, both into the wind. It doesn't get much more Big Ten than this, I would think.
Other than Brady, any Michigan guys playing in either game?
Now I have to decide who I hate more. Find myself rooting for Seattle, though, and would like to see them mop the floor with the Saints.
I do not know why, but I am just not into this first game. Looking forward to Pats/Colts and Broncos/Chargers.
Those are the same ones I am looking forward to. No real interest in this first one.
Does Brees wear a glove much?
I would have taken N.O. and N.E. to cover today.
Was feeling pretty good about that till the Saints fumble.
Unless I miss my guess here, the Saints accidentally ran their third down play on fourth down and the fourth down play on third down. Either way, it didn't seem to work out in the end. Also, good move by New Orleans to hurry the hell up after the Robinson run - I didn't think he was down, but the way this game seems to be going....
Percy Harvin my God. The league is definitely more enjoybale when he's healthy
Wilson may not be Kaepernick, but he's dangerous as hell anyhow.
They have so many play-makers.
lol welcome back Percy Harvin...
I truly love watching Marshawn Lynch run the football. Absolute beast. Runs with power, speed, elusiveness and has great balance. Tough to bring down. If I only didn't wanna see Richard Sherman fail at everything in life, I'd be rooting for Seattle in these playoffs (Lions' fan so I don't know what's it's like to have a team in the playoffs). I seriously cannot stand him. So WHO DAT.
Why the Sherman hate? Nothing off the top of my head comes to mind but maybe I'm missing something he's notorious for/has done. Just curious, I've no opinion either way.
Just comes across as an arrogant egotistical prick who seems to find trouble anywhere he goes. Nothing legal, just not a fan.
To his credit, at least he backs his smack talk up.
I'm a Hawks fan so take what I have to say with a massive grain of salt but Sherman seems to do it all in good fun. He tweets at opposing receivers before and after games and always has praise for them. If he gets beat you can almost always see him congratulating his opponent. He's mouthy, but he not only backs it up he does it mostly within the rules. He hasn't been called for a single unsportsmanlike conduct in his career and has only been called for one personal foul. That doesn't sound like a guy finding trouble.
Pretty vague I know, but I remember seeing it on an NFL Players Mic'd Up segment. Some Seahawk was being seriously mouthy during postgame and then an O-lineman hit him.
Yes, you are half right. He was mouthy all game and towards the end especially. However, after the game he was congratulating the other team and Trent Williams approached him and said he was going to punch him in the face. Sherman didn't back down and got tagged.
Postgame antics start around 0:46
playing outdoors in cold weather. Going to San Diego and now New Orleans has softened him. He is just not that effective outdoor on the road.
Otherwise, this game is going to turn into Blow Out City.
even without Sneaky Pete.
I'm no expert but I think the Saints might have to score at least once to win
Will Ferrell, please go away. You're even less funny in those commercials and overexposure doesn't begin to describe it.
Playing good enough for this not to be a blowout.
Lot of breaks going the Saints way.
Jealous as hell of that 12th man. Delay of game and next play has to burn a timeout. And how many false starts did he say there has been there? Over 100?
You also forgot stupid
I question his game theory on the bad snap. I think you take the safety every time there.
Funny story re the early game. I'm in Vegas right now with the wife and were in the Sportsbook having a drink when the Saints scored the late TD to cover the line. Well........I'm guessing the gentlemen next to us who literally started screaming "no,no,no" and banging his head against the bar might've just lost some serious coin on the game.
I've never seen that before.
Well, they could get a butt fumble. A butt fumble is always better.
Tom Brady's my man, but I love watching the Pats run the ball.
Am I crazy for thinking a safety is better than opponent's ball at the 1 yard line? Announcers are saying he should have fallen on the ball at the 2...?
Would be an interesting game theory discussion. This early in the game I'd think ball at the 2 is better than 2 free points and Colts getting the ball back with the chance to tack on 3 or 7 more.
Yeah, I guess it really depends on who you're playing, what your defense is like. Obviously no punter has enough time to consider the ramifications and scenarios, but definitely interesting discussion. Worked out well for the Pats I think.
I bet most punters are taught to take the safety in that situation.
2 yards to score 7 if you don't take a safety vs ~ 70 yards to score 9 total if you do take the safety and they score a touchdown with the possibility of also only giving up 5 total points for a field goal or only 2 points if you get a stop.
Seems like an easy decision.
I think you are right, but in the heat of the moment I'm assuming every punter is just thinking about getting that ball the hell away from the endzone to prevent a free touchdown.
As much as I like Dierdorf, former U-M all America, he was way off base. Take the safety, kick it away. Even a field goal drive nets only 5 which is less then the probable 7 resulting from Indy ball at the 2. This is why so many times you ll see a punter kick the ball out of the end zone. Just don t get Dierdorfs thinking on this. I would like to say the odds of these 2 events playing out.
Plus, New England is not known for shutting down short yardage plays. It is not like their defensive line is huge or they still have Wilfork.
This is starting to smell like a Colts comeback victory as much as I hate to say it.
Never count out touchdown Tom.
I stand corrected.
I should have known better.
I watched the officials gift wrap a victory for the Patriots against the Browns earlier this year. Looks like we're witnessing another one of those games where the refs consistently make calls favoring the home team. What a shock.
I don't want them to win on bad terms.
I guess I and the announcing team doing the game missed those. What we saw were trips not called, receivers tossed to the ground and holding not called right on front of the ref.
But at this point it doesn't matter. If you can't stop the run you won't win even if you get the calls.
Pats got it under control - their new holder is way too good!
He probably has a future as a situational specialist somewhere.
i want us to be able to run like the patriots...sooooo much
After the bowl game, I had no hope that it would ever happen again.
Strangely, I now believe it is right around the corner. Not sure why.
Pats O-line is dominating. Wish Michigan could get to that point.
Yes please. Sounds good to me.
Wow, I love seeing a team that can run the ball like the Patriots just did. It is such an impressive way to beat another team. It is also nice to see the play action pass open up as a result of pounding the ball.
Ron Zook punt of the decade right there!
Dd they seriously just punt from the 25?
Somewhere in Michigan a tear rolls down the face of a smiling Lloyd Carr who nods and says "yes" quietly to himself.
...just punt... from the 25 yard line?
and Brady said he was already trained as a holder.
Classy farewell to Dan D. by Bryant Gumbel. Very well done.
What a great Michigan Man and class act.
Dan Dierdorff has been a great announcer for a long time. He will be missed.
I know he's retiring but why is tonight his last game? Does CBS not have rights to the Conference Title games?
CBS have the AFC title game, but that'll surely be done by Nantz and Simms.
Next year, please?